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Meaning & Definition of Nearly in English

English

Nearly

/nɪrli/

adverb

1. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "The job is (just) about done"
  • "The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
  • "We're almost finished"
  • "The car all but ran her down"
  • "He nearly fainted"
  • "Talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
  • "The recording is well-nigh perfect"
  • "Virtually all the parties signed the contract"
  • "I was near exhausted by the run"
  • "Most everyone agrees"
    synonym:
  • about
  • ,
  • almost
  • ,
  • most
  • ,
  • nearly
  • ,
  • near
  • ,
  • nigh
  • ,
  • virtually
  • ,
  • well-nigh

2. In a close manner

  • "The two phenomena are intimately connected"
  • "The person most nearly concerned"
    synonym:
  • closely
  • ,
  • intimately
  • ,
  • nearly

Examples of using

This dictionary is nearly useless.
It took me nearly two hours to write the essay.
Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails.